THURSDAY 18 AUGUST 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Another chapter in the ongoing saga that is collective licensing in Russia. Now the society that collects a private copy levy has announced that it will no longer use the country's main song rights collecting society, RAO, to distribute monies to rightsholders. As previously reported, controversy has surrounded RAO since last September when the... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: You know when you hear a song for the first time and the first few seconds make you think, "Oh my god, I am going to love this". Then the song slips into the first verse and it's a big let down? Well that's not what happens with Cocoa Futures' new single 'The Blue'. It's a joy from beginning to end. Surely, finding that one song that fully connects with you is why... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES As Russian collecting society continues to fight off fraud claims, private copying society seeks to end alliance
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LEGAL Freddie Gibbs charged with sexual assault in Austria
Simon Fuller wants to propose his own plan for future of bankrupt 'Idol' owner
Sia fans launch lawsuit after failing to enjoy live performance
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DEALS Paul McCartney signs new deal with Capitol
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LIVE BUSINESS Camden Barfly to become The Assembly
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ARTIST NEWS Lady Gaga to star in A Star Is Born remake, announces new single
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Boiler Room to broadcast Notting Hill Carnival livestream
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ONE LINERS INXS, Shift K3Y, Smashing Pumpkins, more
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AND FINALLY... Pizza Hut launches "the world's first playable DJ pizza box"
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As Russian collecting society continues to fight off fraud claims, private copying society seeks to end alliance
Another chapter in the ongoing saga that is collective licensing in Russia. Now the society that collects a private copy levy has announced that it will no longer use the country's main song rights collecting society, RAO, to distribute monies to rightsholders.

As previously reported, controversy has surrounded RAO since last September when the organisation was accused of embezzlement. The allegation goes that the society used around 500 million rubles of money it collected on behalf of songwriters and publishers to buy four buildings in Moscow, ownership of which was then transferred to other companies and individuals.

RAO management insisted that the property transactions were legitimate from the off, and have since said an independent audit of the society's operations have confirmed that fact. Nevertheless, in June the boss of the organisation, Sergei Fedotov, was arrested on suspicion of fraud and he seemingly remains in custody.

RSP is another collecting society in Russia, which collects a levy that is applied to electronic devices capable of making copies when they are imported into the country. According to Billboard, RSP has long had a close alliance with RAO, with Fedotov holding senior positions at both organisations until last year. As a result of that alliance, RAO members due a share of the levies RSP collects receive that income via the former society.

But RSP now wants to change that arrangement, so that it will start paying rights owners their royalties directly, rather than handing cash over to RAO. According to Russian business newspaper Vedomosti, the boss of RSP Andrei Krichevsky recently informed RAO management of this decision in a letter the paper has seen.

The move, which will certainly be inferred as sign that RSP no longer trusts RAO with the royalties it administers, will no doubt give further momentum to the group of Russian rights owners who recently called for RAO's management to be replaced and the society's constitution to be rewritten.

As also previously reported, before all these controversies there was a proposal that RAO and RSP would actually merge with both each other and the Russian record industry's collecting society VOIS to create a super society. Though that plan never came to fruition.

Meanwhile there has been chatter of a change in Russian copyright law, either to allow rights owners to launch new rival societies to RAO, or even to abolish the societies and have a government department administer the collective licensing of songs and recordings.

Freddie Gibbs charged with sexual assault in Austria
Freddie Gibbs has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman in Vienna while on tour last year. The American rapper was extradited to Austria from France in June, after being arrested in Toulouse shortly before a show earlier the same month.

According to a Vienna court spokesperson, Gibbs is accused of spiking the alleged victim's drink. They told reporters: "He is alleged to have administered knock-out drops to a woman and then have abused her sexually while she was in a defenceless state".

The rapper denies the charges, and has criticised the manner in which he was transferred to Austria, claiming that he would have travelled to the country to face authorities of his own accord.

A US lawyer for Gibbs told Reuters in a statement: "While Freddie Gibbs was charged with an offence today, it remains only an allegation, and it does not in any way change the actual fact that Freddie Gibbs is 100% innocent".

If convicted, he faces up to ten years in prison.

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Simon Fuller wants to propose his own plan for future of bankrupt 'Idol' owner
Simon Fuller, who previously raised objections about the plan put forward to bring 'American Idol' owner CORE Media out of bankruptcy, is now considering coming up with his own plan, the entertainment industry veteran has told the courts.

As previously reported, shortly after the final edition of 'American Idol' aired earlier this year, CORE applied for chapter eleven bankruptcy protection, seemingly in part because of demands made by Fuller for allegedly unpaid consultancy fees. Fuller has not had an executive role at CORE - previously called CKX - for some time, but continued to consult on the shows he created that the TV business now owns, which includes 'So You Think You Can Dance' as well as the various 'Idol' franchises.

CORE appointed a committee to work out a way of restructuring the company to bring it out of bankruptcy. But then Fuller filed legal papers requesting access to more information about the firm's affairs, seemingly in an attempt to derail the deal that the media company was close to reaching with its other creditors. CORE hit out at that intervention, and then basically asked the bankruptcy courts for permission to cancel the company's legacy contracts with Fuller.

In the latest development, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Fuller made another filing with the courts on Tuesday, in which he states that he is "currently evaluating the possibility of seeking permission from this court to file a competing reorganisation plan that would enhance recoveries for all constituents in these chapter eleven cases".

Although the specifics of what that plan might be are a bit sketchy, it is thought that Fuller could propose him taking some sort of executive role with the media firm once again. His court filing states that: "Given that Mr Fuller, as the creator of 'Idol' and 'SYTYCD', is intimately familiar with the debtors' business operations, he is in the best position to help navigate the reorganised debtors to profitability".

The courts are due to next consider CORE's restructuring plans on 22 Sep.

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Sia fans launch lawsuit after failing to enjoy live performance
People suing after being disappointed by live performances is a thing that happens sometimes, and is always quite silly. The latest artist to befall this is Sia, who has been slapped with a class action lawsuit by a number of fans who attended a recent show in Tel Aviv.

According to the Jerusalem Post, the gripes include that Sia only performed for 65 minutes (aka five minutes longer than anyone should ever play live) and that instead of the Yarkon Park venue's big screens showing what was happening on stage, they displayed celebs like Kristen Wiig dancing to the music.

The videos, it is claimed, were out of sync with the music, meaning that for the many audience members who couldn't clearly see what was happening on stage, their experience was watching a pre-recorded video that didn't match up with what they were hearing. And what they were hearing was no chat from Sia, who had the audacity to stand up there on stage and sing her songs and never once get into any banter with the audience.

Given that people paid good money for this, and had to wait around for the show to start, and battle busy traffic there and back, this isn't good enough. Therefore, the claimants would like not only their money refunded, but if they win the case, everyone else in attendance's too, thanks to the class action status of the suit.

It is actually the show's promoter, Tandi Productions, being sued, though speaking to IQ the company's Ilan Elkayam dismissed the claim, saying: "We wish to emphasise that the performance was extremely successful and we have received hundreds of comments from satisfied fans who thoroughly enjoyed the performance and the production. In addition, it should be noted, that to the best of our knowledge, the claim was not submitted against Sia herself".

For that matter, he said, his company is yet to receive the official complaint either. Whether the case will actually get anywhere remains to be seen. Though it does perhaps raise questions about what is reasonable to expect from a live show.

Paul McCartney signs new deal with Capitol
Paul McCartney has signed a new worldwide record deal with Universal's Capitol Records, covering all of his post-Beatles work. The deal sees him return to his original US label as a solo artist.

"This is genuinely exciting for me", says McCartney. "Not only was Capitol my first US record label, but the first record I ever bought was Gene Vincent's 'Be-Bop-A-Lula' on the Capitol label".

He moves his catalogue from independent company Concord Music Group, through which he was once signed to Starbucks' Hear Music label. You remember that was a thing, right? While McCartney works on a new solo album, Capitol and Universal Music Enterprises are drawing up "a comprehensive plan for the artist's catalogue", due to be unveiled in July next year. Capitol CEO Steve Barnett is pretty excited about it, I can tell you.

"Paul McCartney's association with Capitol has long defined so much of our historic legacy, and all of us here are extremely proud and honoured that he has chosen to come back home", says Barnett. "Paul's indelible contributions to our culture are second to none, and his constant evolution as an artist and performer continues to inspire and enrich the lives of countless millions of people. We are overjoyed that Paul will be creating new music for years to come, and that Capitol will be helping to present it to the world".

You'd think being that excited in a quote would leave Universal overlord Lucian Grainge with very little chance of topping it, but you would be wrong.

"It would be simply impossible to overstate what an honour it is to welcome Paul back to Capitol", says Uncle Luci. "It's a homecoming of one of the greatest musical artists of all time to the label that first helped bring his incredible music to the world. Paul's astonishing career has shown no limits - in creativity, in commercial longevity, and in its impact on people and cultures in every corner of the globe. We are THRILLED at both Capitol and UMG to be able to contribute to the next chapter in Paul's extraordinary career".

I don't think there's now time for the full quote from UMG's EVP US Recorded Music Michele Anthony too, but I can tell you that she is "BEYOND THRILLED" about this whole thing. And why not? It's very exciting. Paul McCartney was in The Beatles, you know. And he once did a song about frogs.

Camden Barfly to become The Assembly
Are you one of those people who refused to acknowledge that The Monarch in Camden was renamed The Barfly? And did you say things like, "The Monarch, mate. It'll always be The Monarch", any time anyone asked you if you'd like to go to a gig at The Barfly, instead of just saying yes or no? Well here's some news you'll hate: The Barfly in Camden is changing its name to The Camden Assembly.

The good news is, a whole new generation of gig goers can now moan about the irrelevant name of a place. "It'll always be the Barfly for me", they'll say, as Monarch fans quietly melt into the floor with anger.

Well, hey, Monarch lovers, at least you can go down the road to that pub that took over the Monarch name. What will Barfly people do? That name's probably trademarked or something. And it being the very last Barfly venue left, the brand is basically now dead and gone. Merely a thing to be talked about late at night in hushed tones.

The name change comes as new owner The Columbo Group relaunches the venue. The Barfly having been bought by the live firm from MAMA & Company - following the latter's acquisition by Live Nation - last year, along with The Jazz Café.

The Jazz Café got to keep its name, of course. Though with the Barfly brand being very much part of MAMA's heritage, the name change probably makes sense, and is possibly a legal requirement.

The switch officially takes place next month, with live events re-commencing on 16 Sep. Find out more here.

  Approved: Cocoa Futures
You know when you hear a song for the first time and the first few seconds make you think, "Oh my god, I am going to love this". Then the song slips into the first verse and it's a big let down? Well that's not what happens with Cocoa Futures' new single 'The Blue'. It's a joy from beginning to end.

Surely, finding that one song that fully connects with you is why we all seek out new music and put ourselves through the disappointment of listening to the songs that don't. Which sort of chimes with the lyrics of 'The Blue', of which frontman Greg Sanderson says: "It's a good idea to feel sad sometimes, but the things you can do to avoid feeling down can be really, really fun".

I mean, it's not exactly what I said back in the first paragraph, but it's close enough, I'd say. The track's beautiful circling bass line and descending guitar riff should distract you from analysing the incongruity in the construction of this edition of CMU Approved.

The track is taken from a new EP that isn't even out until 2 Dec. If you want to hear more, there are some opportunities to see the band live. First, at Ryan's Bar in Stoke Newington on 16 Sep, then at the Blogtober festival at The Finsbury in Manor House on 7 Oct, and there's an EP launch show at the Sebright Arms in Hackney on 3 Dec.

Listen to 'The Blue' here.

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Lady Gaga to star in A Star Is Born remake, announces new single
How many movie remakes is too many? In most cases, one is pushing it. 'A Star Is Born' though, that's already had two. Does the world really need a fourth telling of the film on the big screen? Probably not. Would it be any different if Lady Gaga took the lead role? Well, that's what we're about to find out.

Warner Bros has announced that Gaga is to star in a remake of the film, in a role previously depicted by Janet Gaynor, Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand. She will appear alongside Bradley Cooper, who will also direct. The musician will also write new songs for the musical, so that's nice.

"For those of us lucky enough to watch him work as an actor and producer, it has been clear that Bradley would make this transition to director", says producer Greg Silverman. "We are honoured that he is doing it, here, at his home - Warner Bros - and with Lady Gaga as a collaborator and co-star. The world is in for a treat as these great artists craft an all new vision of 'A Star Is Born'".

Yeah, like I said, we'll wait and see on that. Gaga was not actually the first choice for the film, though apparently Beyonce wasn't confident that the world needed version four.

Lady Gaga also announced yesterday that she'll release a new single called 'Perfect Illusion' next month.

Boiler Room to broadcast Notting Hill Carnival livestream
Boiler Room has announced that it will be broadcasting a 42 hour livestream from this year's Notting Hill Carnival, starting at midday on the Sunday and running through to 7pm on the Monday.

"Notting Hill Carnival is probably the biggest and best celebration of contemporary black music in the world and is vastly under recognised", says Boiler Room CEO Blaise Bellville. "It is extraordinary to us that other much smaller events like Glastonbury are given weekend long live coverage from major broadcasters and media. Meanwhile, Notting Hill Carnival is 50 years into it's history and Boiler Room will be the first broadcaster to ever give it support and coverage at the scale that we are".

He continued: "People in America hear about Wireless Festival as our best black music festival, we want to change that. Notting Hill Carnival should be celebrated as one the most important contemporary black music events in the world, it should be shouted about with pride as a sign of UK music and cultural diversity, of police behaviour, so many things that make this a vastly under appreciated event".

As the broadcast is pumped out into the world, it will showcase soundsystems including Rampage, Deviation, Aba Shanti-I, Channel One, Nasty Love, Saxon Sound, King Tubbys, Gladdys Wax and Disya Jeneration.

INXS, Shift K3Y, Smashing Pumpkins, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Universal has announced a new joint venture with Petrol Records, which reps the INXS recordings catalogue outside North America. "I'm THRILLED to be building on our special and long term relationship with [Petrol chairman] Chris Murphy and INXS", says lord of the Universal manor Lucian Grainge.

• Producer Shift K3Y is launching a new Sony imprint, called Thru The Nit3. Initial releases will be a series of EPs featuring his own collaboration with artists such as MJ Cole, DJ Zinc, Chris Lorenzo, Preditah and more. "This is a soundtrack to my night life, coming to you from my imagination", he says of the new tracks.

• Billy Corgan has said that he is in contact with all three other original members of The Smashing Pumpkins, but in terms of a reunion, they're "not at that point". In a Facebook video, he said: "We're not rushing to something, we have to repair some things between us, and see what's out there for us, if those opportunities are even there".

• We saw the trailer for one film starring Janelle Monáe earlier this week. Now here's another one, 'Moonlight'.

• Yasiin Bey features on new Tribe Called Red track 'RED'. Watch the video here.

• Crystal Fighters have released the first track from their upcoming third album. This is 'All Night'.

• Winner of the 2014 Polaris Prize, Tanya Tagaq has announced that she will release her second album, 'Retribution', on 21 Oct. From it, this is 'Aorta'.

• The soundtrack of David Bowie film 'The Man Who Fell To Earth' by The Mamas & The Papas' John Phillips and Stomu Yamash'ta is to be released for the first time after "the recent discovery of lost master tapes". It's out on 9 Sep.

• Speaking of 'The Man Who Fell To Earth', it's being re-released to mark its 40th anniversary. A 4K restoration will be screened in UK cinema on 9 Sep, and it will be available on DVD and Blu-ray. It's a good film, you should watch it.

• Earl Sweatshirt's done a new single for Adult Swim. This is 'Balance'.

• Preoccupations, the band you once called Viet Cong, have released a new single. Here's 'Degraded'. Their first album under their new name is out on 16 Sep. And they'll be touring the UK in November too.

• DD Dumbo will release his debut album, 'Utopia Defeated', on 7 Oct. Here's new single 'Walrus'.

• Bayonne has released the video for the second single from his debut album. Here's 'Appeals'.

• The Cribs have announced that they'll play a one-off "old skool set" at London's Oval Space on 1 Sep. They will play a "classic 2005 era setlist".

Pizza Hut launches "the world's first playable DJ pizza box"
Whenever you finish eating a takeaway pizza, do you immediately become deeply depressed that you can't open up the box and use it to DJ a few of your favourite tunes? Yeah, me too. Every single time. But now, if you're willing to eat pizzas from Pizza Hut, which I realise is a big ask, you no longer need feel that darkness descend. That's right, Pizza Hut has launched "the world's first playable DJ pizza box".

Inside the box is an illustration of a twin deck set up and mixer, which has been printed using special ink that conducts electricity. All you need to do is download some DJ software, and you can hook that shit right up to your phone or laptop and start mixing some tracks. And as an added bonus, your hands will be covered in grease when the novelty wears off, no matter how quickly that time comes.

Only five Pizza Hut outlets in the UK will be stocking the boxes, so good luck getting your hands on one. But here's DJ Vectra to do a fairly shoddy job of explaining how it works.

 
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